Setting up shipping modules in online shops – flat rate methods

Flat Shipping Methods

The simplest way of charging for shipping is using a flat method. This means that the shipping charge doesn’t change depending on the customer’s order. It could be that you offer free shipping to everyone, or that you charge everyone the same.

This doesn’t imply you’ll send the order anywhere in the world for the same price, but it should be the same for anyone in your home country. If you are going to ship internationally, you probably want to restrict the destinations, or charge differently for some of them. If so, you’ll need a geographical method.

It also doesn’t imply the customer has no choice: you can still offer standard and express shipping, each of them charged at a different flat rate. In this case you’d be setting up two flat-rate shipping modules.

Flat charging methods are clear for your customers to understand, quick to implement and easy for you to explain on the site. Typically they are seen favourably by people placing high value orders, but may appear expensive to someone buying a single cheap item. Since the shipping charge for each order may not bear much relation to the shipping cost for each order, you need to monitor how well these balance out.

If you want the shipping charge to vary with the customer’s order, eg. free over £100 or heavier orders cost more, take a look at Table Rate Shipping Methods.

If you want the shipping charge to vary with the delivery address, find out more about Geographical Shipping Methods

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